September Letter from The Ferns Vegetarian B & B, chatting about, kayaking, fruit in our garden, bramble jelly and topiary!

English: River Severn from Bridgnorth High Town

English: River Severn from Bridgnorth High Town (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a wonderful summer we have had!  For my birthday we went on a day trip down the River Severn kayaking with a local company. We set off from Bridgnorth and finished at Arley. A great trip – really the best way to see the Severn –  cows feeding on the river bank, swans and geese and a great  group with us. Easy to do because it is going downstream.


Setting out from Bridgnorth

The weather was sweltering, and I  think this was the reason for at least three boats over-turning or getting stranded; people just wanted to cool off in the water, which was very shallow.

A fantastic day, and at the end, you have a ticket to come back on the Severn Valley steam railway to the beautiful historic town of Bridgnorth.


Stopping for lunch. We had a picnic,  but others used the pub over the field

Our garden has been full of fruit, and our guests have a choice of some or all of these: figs raspberries, pears, peaches, apples.

figs and fruit salad

Figs and fruit salad

It has really been a wonderful year for figs. Mind you, I had none last year with all the rain.

I made bramble jelly last week from blackberries from a small country lane near Newport. People think that bramble jelly is hard, but its not.  This will be another preserve on offer for guests. I already have home-made quince cheese and  lemon and orange marmalade available. The preserves and the fresh fruit are available for  full hot breakfasts and for the Continental style breakfasts. In a few weeks I will be picking Shropshire damsons from my brother in laws’ farm at Tern Hill. What shall I make? Chutney, jam, damson gin. You will just have to wait and see! I can feel the suspense!!

I enjoy doing topiary, and so visitors will find one or two green geometrial shapes and birds in the garden.  The  large leylandii, below,


The annual trim of my spiral topiary

and me clipping it, Originally, was simply an old bush. I trailed an washing line around it one year and trimmed it to a spiral. It works well although close up you can see that its not been trained  as a young plant. It’s a short-cut way of doing topiary, but it looks very good from a distance.

Finally, I have a special offer on at the moment:

10% off bookings made in September and October 2013. Have a look at the full web site for further details

Best wishes  to you all